By Gerald Tenywa
The rainfall which had settled on parts of southwestern Uganda and central Uganda where floods were sweeping away roads and bridges is likely to decline in the week starting May 16, 2023.
This is likely to shift upwards to northeastern Uganda, which is predicted to receive heavy rain, according to the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre’s (ICPAC) weekly weather forecast.
“Heavy to very heavy (top 10-5%) rainfall predicted over southwestern Ethiopia and a few places of western Kenya and northeastern Uganda,” according to ICPAC.
“Wetter than usual conditions expected over western Ethiopia, northern South Sudan, northern and eastern Uganda, and western Kenya.”
ICPAC is a climate centre accredited by the World Meteorological Organization that provides climate services to 11 East African countries.
The services offered by ICPAC aim at creating resilience in a region deeply affected by climate change and extreme weather.
“Moderate rainfall (50-200mm) expected over western and central Ethiopia, most parts of South Sudan, northern and eastern Uganda, western Kenya, and isolated areas in north-eastern Somalia,” stated ICPAC.
“Light rainfall (less than 50 mm) expected over Rwanda, western Burundi, coastal and southern parts of Tanzania, most parts of Somalia, central to southern Uganda, most parts of Eritrea, parts of western Kenya, and southern Sudan,” ICPAC added.
According to the weekly weather forecast, most parts of the region including Uganda should expect favourable temperatures.
“Moderate to high temperatures (20 – 32℃) expected over eastern and northern Sudan, South Sudan, much of Uganda, most parts of Tanzania, eastern and northern Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, and eastern and north-western parts of Ethiopia,” stated ICPAC.